Gore fanatics will soon be able to have their macabre fantasies splattered across their 4K Ultra HD big screens while listening on up to 13.1-channel surround sound systems with the pending release of horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc.

The title will be one of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray releases supporting the new Auro-3D soundtrack with up-to-13.1-channels of object-oriented surround.

Read more on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Ultra HD Blu-ray release after the jump:

The Tribune Media Group, a European-based home entertainment distributor, said it plans to release the 1974 classic film in the new 4K format on May 27, 2016. For the first time, the title will carry a surround sound mix in the new immersive 13.1-channel Auro-3D format used for some professional theaters and carried in select home theater components.

Auro-3D-supporting home theater equipment is less common in the United States than new formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X — the disc will also support Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD 7.1 formats – but it has recently started to gain attention.

For example, the D+M Group added Auro-3D surround processing last month through a $200 firmware upgrade for four networked audio components from Denon and Marantz. These include: the Denon AVR-X4200W ($1,499 suggested retail) and AVRX6200W. ($2,199). The Marantz products incude the SR7000 AVR ($3,299) and the AV7702mkII ($2,199) preamp surround processor.

Other high-end audio equipment manufacturers, such as McIntosh, have also added Auro-3D support to select devices through firmware updates.

For those without Auro-3D systems, the Ultra HD Blu-ray title will also carry soundtracks in English in the Dolby Atmos format, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, DTS 2.0 stereo and DTS 2.0 mono with music and effects in DTS-HD 7.1; and in German in the Dolby Atmos format, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, and DTS 2.0 mono.

The title also can be enjoyed in 5.1-channel surround, the company said.

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Like the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound formats, Auro-3D is designed to add extra channels of sound, including height channels, to make objects in the picture sound like they are moving all around the audience. The sound field includes three layers (surround, height and overhead ceiling), building on the single horizontal layer used in the 5.1-sound format. This is said to create a spatial sound field by adding a height layer around the audience on top of the traditional 2D surround sound system.

Tribune Media Group said the movie soundtrack has been remixed specifically for the home theater environment.

“To have such an iconic and influential movie released again in Auro-3D, is truly worth the excitement,” stated Wilfried Van Baelen, Auro Technologies CEO. “We are glad to have worked with Turbine Media Group to have this movie mixed at Galaxy Studios and to soon release this on 4K UHD Blu-Ray. Having 4K image combined with true 3D sound, will uplift this classic tale to a new dimension.”

Turbine Media Group, which licenses select titles from major Hollywood studios for home entertainment distribution mostly in Germany and other European markets, made history in 2012 as the first German Home Entertainment label to ever unban a movie – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Contact the company through the link for ordering information.

By Greg Tarr


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